Believe it or not, many of the glassware we enjoy today are made with recycled glass. Industry surveys tell that 80% of recovered glass eventually gets remade into new glass.
Glass is 100% reusable, meaning it can be recycled again and again without losing its quality. Now aside from this, there are lots of other reasons why you should recycle waste glass rather than produce one from scratch. You can read some of them below.
It’s Energy Efficient
Recycling glass uses less energy during the manufacturing process than making one from scratch. Creating new glass starts with melting sand and other components to approximately 2,600 °F. This alone consumes a lot of energy. Meanwhile, the process of recycling glass begins by crushing waste glass into “cullet.” Cullet melts at a much lower temperature, enabling manufacturers to make glass while cutting their energy consumption by up to 40%.
It’s Time Saving
Glass bottles sent to landfills can take quite a long time to break down. Some even claim that it can take up to a million years! In stark contrast to this, the process of taking waste glass to the nearest glass recycling facility and having it used to manufacture new glass products can take only up to 30 days.
It Reduces Waste
You may not know it, but glass contributes a lot to the household and industrial waste that plague us today. This usually comes forms of broken glassware (i.e., bottles, light bulbs, etc.). Oh, and this doesn’t include the waste incurred from the production processes! Today’s glass recycling process reduces this waste since it uses less energy than producing glass from sand, limestone, and soda ash.
Glass recycling helps preserve our environment in at least three ways. First, it reduces the amount of waste glass littering our surroundings. This is saying a lot since as mentioned above glass can take quite a while to decompose. Second, it helps reduce unnecessary consumption of natural resources. Recycled glass needs less raw materials to make than its first-hand counterpart. And third, since glass is made from natural materials like sand, lime, and soda, its chemical interaction with its contents is minimal. That means glass can be reused, such as refillable water bottles, fences and walls, decorative tiles, and even as a landscaping material to rebuild eroding beaches.
It Pays Off
The four reasons above should be enough for you to recycle glass. But in case you still need an extra push, then check this out: Many recycling centers would pay you for your broken glassware. They usually buy off glass bottles, but purchasing other waste glass isn’t unheard of. So if you have tons of broken or unused glass in your home and you need a little extra money in your wallet, you might as well go to the nearest glass recycling plant.
Start Recycling Glass Now!
When it comes to glass production, reusing glass would be the best course of action for everyone in the long run. Not only will it benefit the environment and the glass industry, but it can also be profitable for you.